Meal Plan – the “how is it half term already?” edition

If there was ever a clearer example of the phrase “is it that time already?” It has to be the Autumn half term. The past 6 weeks have gone by so fast that I actually feel a bit dizzy! Or maybe I was just enjoying that glorious break after a spring and summer of my family just being so THERE all the time.

Anyway. Time marches on and we find ourselves hurtling towards Winter and now with a week of home based fun. I hear that some poor souls get a 2 week half term? Godspeed to you. We don’t have plans because I, unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at things), have to work every day all bar one.

Luckily MrG has taken a couple of days off but given that I cannot think of a single time he has taken our kids out without me being present and he is still very much in lockdown mode… I’m not sure how helpful it will be to have him home. He can flipping well cook on those days though at least. I forgot just how tricky it is to cater for a family and work a structured full time working week.

Colder weather means my kind of food though! No salads for me, it’s all roasted veg and sausages from here on in. I am still trying to avoid takeaways (trying being the operative word) and I am just really conscious that our local rules concerning lockdowns and what not could change at any moment. I obviously wouldn’t do anything as selfish as to buy up everything in our local supermarket but I like to make sure I have enough to tide us over until my next day off.

It’s so hard at the moment to make plans for anything less immediate than dinner I think. Maybe we would be best just to write off the rest of the year and start again in 2021?

Gnocchi bake

Our week in food

Friday – sausage and egg ramen bowl.

I layer grated carrot, pea shoots and sweetcorn and top with instant noodles (which are suspiciously cheap but also the kids favourite), a bit of chicken broth (aka the water I just boiled those cheapo noodles in) and top with chopped up sausage and a boiled egg cut in half. It’s quick, cheap and the kids ask for it at least once a week. If I am in need of amusement and not in a rush I give them chopsticks. We have to make our own fun at this point.

Saturday – Homemade Burgers and Wedges with some kind of veg – maybe a “what’s in the fridge” slaw.

Sunday – Roast Pork with cauliflower cheese, Brussel sprouts and an obscene amount of roast potatoes

Monday – Gammon, egg and new potatoes with peas.

Tuesday – chicken and bacon gnocchi bake with lots of spinach because my energy levels need all of the help.

Wednesday – Fish and chips and mushy peas.

Thursday – Turkey drummers, mashed potato and baked beans – I just found out that Aldi sell their own brand turkey drummers so we are having a proper nostalgic feast!




  1. October 24, 2020 / 7:25 am

    The meals sound lovely. Make your husband take them out! He needs practice!

  2. October 24, 2020 / 7:44 am

    We get a two week half term (twice a year) and honestly I’m so happy about it – as we can STILL afford a trip away next year because of it, not a chance I could otherwise! Also, because next to no one else has it off Tom should be able to get it off work. However, I’m HAGGARD and it’s only been a week hahaha!

    Lovely meals and thanks for linking up!

  3. October 26, 2020 / 7:18 pm

    I think the past 6 weeks have flown over but the last week really dragged getting here to half term.
    The ramen bowl sounds so good. My youngest loves things like that, she is obsessed with using chopsticks at the moment.
    Great meal plan x

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